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The Watch Paperback – 1 Jul 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press; Reprint edition (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883642817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883642815
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,154,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Carlo Levi wrote books mostly of his own experience. This novel is one oh his best, a narration of power, lyricism, wisdom and bitter hope. Levi was a genius not because of his perfect formed books, but his outter and inner eye to see life and it's misterys.
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Christ Stopped at Eboli is one of my favourite books. I read it atUniversity and have re-read it on countless ocassions. I was excited tosee another of C. Levi's books translated into English and promptlyordered it thinking it would be as enjoyable as Eboli. The truth is, thereis no way of knowing how good this really is as the Steerforth translationis terrible, making the reading a real struggle. Eg. 'car' is translatedas 'machine.' The Italian for car being 'macchina' which can also meanmachine. I could go on... A real shame.
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Book arrived in good time and good condition. Not as well translated as Levi's first book "Christ stopped at Eboli"

Interesting and gives account of post World War 11 in Italy Elizabeth
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3.0 out of 5 stars Political documentary novel 4 Feb. 2001
By Esther Nebenzahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Carlo Levi (1902-1975) became a distinguished Italian journalist, writer, painter, and doctor, who is best known for his novel "Christ stopped at Eboli," unquestionably his masterpiece. Active in politics as a devoted socialist and antifascist he founded the resistance movement "Giustizia e Liberta." "The Watch" (L'orologio) is best classified as a political documentary novel, pertaining to the Neorealism of postwar Italian literature. Set in the desillusioned period after the war, it portrays a gallery of individuals (family, friends, partisans, and the commom people) all trying to cope and adjust to a new reality and the postwar Cabinet crisis in Rome. Levi foresaw a perpetuation under new slogans and new flags of the worst features of the tendency towards fascism, a culture of the "nostalgia." The heroism and sacrifice of partisan war faces a conservative reaction. Socialism has been a deception of history, the old structure is revived afer the war: the parasites (Luigini) feeding upon their hosts (Contadine), and the overall purpose is to restore the authority of the state. The partisans are blamed for pretending to reform a structure by preserving and restoring the very same structure they initially attempted to reform. The "watch" merely plays the role of a symbol, an attempt to fix an old time mechanism, which eventually is substituted by a similar one.
Besides its political tone, "The Watch" is characterized by an elegant prose and clearly denounces Carlo Levi as a painter, with characters and setting descriptions viewed from the perspective of an artist who is stroking his brush on a canvas.
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